Rudolph out at least a month with fractured foot

1:33 PM, Nov 4, 2013   |    comments
Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) breaks a tackle of Dallas Cowboys free safety Barry Church (42) and defensive back Jeff Heath (38) and runs for a touchdown in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium. The Dallas Cowboys beat the Minnesota Vikings 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph will miss at least the next month with a fractured left foot.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier gave the update Monday, one day after Rudolph was injured in a 27-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Rudolph could miss as many as six weeks while recovering, a tough blow to the Vikings offense. He is one of quarterback Christian Ponder's favorite targets.

Rudolph was injured in the third quarter on a 31-yard touchdown reception. He has 30 catches for 313 yards and three touchdowns this season.

The injury likely means more time for backup tight end John Carlson, a big-money free agent signing two years ago that hasn't panned out. Carlson has 19 catches for 104 yards in 22 games for the Vikings.

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